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ACRILLA

ACRILLA or ACRILLAE (Ἄκριλλα)), a town of Sicily, known only from Stephanus of Byzantium (s. v.), who tells us that it was not far from Syracuse. But there can be no doubt that it is the same place mentioned by Livy (24.35) where the Syracusan army under Hippocrates was defeated by Marcellus. The old editions of Livy have ACCILLAE, for which Acrillae, the emendation of Cluverius, has been received by all the recent editors. From this passage we learn that it was on the line of march from Agrigentum to Syracuse, and not far from Acrae; but the exact site is undetermined. Plutarch (Plut. Marc. 18), in relating the same event, writes the name Ἀκίλας or Ἀκίλλας.

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